May 28, 2017 Subject:
one of the best shows i've heard recently
this beautifully recorded sbd cranks right out of the gates, with bob's guitar very audible through the first set -- love that whammy bar and the precision of his stellar playing. the jam on greatest story is bob at his best. oh, the rest of the show and encore: killer. thx to all for making this top notch show avail
So much for the "Grateful Dead Free Tape Exchange"...
November 18, 2016 Subject:
Two and half years since the last, and more than five until the next, what was it that triggered Dark Star that night. After '73 and until '89 when it returned to semi-regular rotation, it was a special occasion song - new years, benefits and the like. The Greek was an amazing place, and by '84 they had been playing there for 25 years.
December 20, 2014 Subject:
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Nice crisp sound.. Love this show and it is in my top 5 for 1984~~Everything was aligned in the universe for this special nite in Bezerkeley..GIVE IT A WHIRL~~Forever Grateful>Forever Dead!!!!!
July 13, 2013 Subject:
This is as good as '84 gets - even without the planet-alignment voodoo of that Dark Star encore, this is a 5-star show.
Set 1 cooks and cooks some more, the only caveat being Dupree's, which Jerry tangles up lyrically; this one was hit or miss during the mid-80s. When he got it right, it was great. Bobby's tunes rather own this first set, with a really whalloping Bucket placed late into the set - nice to hear them finally dialing this song in right after a year or so of figuring out how it was going to work.
Set 2 is a masterful, long, confident suite of music - Mickey and Billy manage to retrain themselves so as not to hurry the percussion through too much; the result is a gorgeous S>Touch>F; Drums > Space is quite a unique monster - I think this was right around when Mickey really started to unleash that beast-beam thing....
...Stella - listen to the POWER of that bridge! And Sugar Magnolia is airtight, super-rockin'. Brent is all over the keys here.
By the time they hit those first notes on Dark Star we're already more than happy, but bring it on! This performance is just a decent jam through the basic lines - nothing phenomenal, no super-meltdowns - it just stays taut and steady. Definitely give this show a run-through - I'd rank it up there with the very best of what I've heard from Jerry's sock-muppet era.
January 22, 2013 Subject:
question for all
Anyone here get shut out of this show? My Friend who I toured with a long long time and I were looking and looking for tickets pretty much all afternoon. NO sign needed at the Greek all word of mouth. As it got later and later we began to wonder if we were getting when Calico gave us both tickets and told we best get inside. This is not the show to miss. I wonder if everyone got in in some sort of manner?
We had heard that Dark star was to be played on this night. I like to think there was no way any of us on tour back then wasn't getting in.
The appearance of Dark Star is obviously the biggest deal about this show, but even without that legendary encore this was a great gig.
In the 1st set Jerry is RAGING during CC Rider 6:22-8:02. Bucket is one of the longest versions of the era, with the band jamming hard on the instrumental breaks.
As others have noted, the Scarlet > Touch > Fire, Stella & Sugar Mags are very hot versions too.
February 26, 2011 Subject:
A Fine Greek Moment
I was at this show. Lived next door in the castle - Bowles Hall - part of the UC dorm system. What I remember is that, even though the Dead hadn't played DS in several years (anyone know how many?), the rumor started swirling through the crowd before Phil (Bobby?) announced that they were going to come back out and do something special.
Of all the shows I saw, this is the one where you KNEW everyone was trippin. When it was over, many of us wandered off into the canyon behind the Greek and tried to grasp what we'd just been through. It was a life-altering show...
August 16, 2009 Subject:
Awesome Second Set!!!!
Love the story of the shooting stars, I heard about that story long ago, thought it was legend but it is true. What a magical night. Jerry was up for it, and the rest were like clock work. Stella Blue really stands out for me. Dark Star with the newer sound of the 80's, still kicks. and a meteor shower to watch too. Love it!! Peace..
August 13, 2009 Subject:
25 years later and I vividly remember the night... I was up on the hillside and as the meteor shower started the crowd could be plainly heard ooohing and aaaahing in wonder... Insiders told told us that whatever we did we couldn't miss this particular show. They were right! Darkstar took us all away as the sky rained down fire...
April 7, 2009 Subject:
What a great night--Friday the 13th, beautiful summer evening in Berkeley, the scent of the eucalyptus trees, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco all spread out and twinkling behind the band. After the second set, a long pause, then Phil comes out, tells us all to relax awhile and they'll be back out. Eventually a big video screen lowers, psychedelic images start swirling, and Dark Star happens for 16 minutes. Wow.
The Sunday show of this stand was pretty awesome, too, with the most gorgeous China Doll. Then on to the beach of Ventura...
January 21, 2009 Subject:
Big Brother is Watching
We missed this show, whoever we did have the "SPACE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE II" earlier that year in San Franciso. The T-Shirt's had DEAD engraved in the jet packs of the structual workers building the spacelab. Phil received a shirt, hence the Dark Star.
Great Show !
January 9, 2009 Subject:
The Stars Were Alligned On This NIght!
wow- this has to be the show of 84 with out a doubt- jerry actually shows up, which is rare for 84. Great dark star, sugar mag, interesting scarlet-touch-fire combo- all in all great 84 dead!!